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Moute at the Midway Mark

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Milwaukee Bucks went streaking into the All-Star break, winning seven of their final 10 games.

As the stretch run toward the playoffs begins this week, they sit just one-game behind the Miami Heat, who are currently in the No. 8 playoff spot in the East.

On an individual level, Luc is having a great season so far as evidenced by No. 12’s year by the numbers:

1 Luc’s only double-double this season came vs. the Indiana Pacers

3 Current streak of consecutive games Luc Richard has recorded double digit rebounds.

4 Number of multi-block games No. 12 has amassed in 2010.

9 Number of games in which Luc Richard has recorded double digit points.

12 The jersey number for Luc

37.5 Luc’s field goal percentage from beyond the arc.

67.6 Luc Richard is having his best month of the season, shooting nearly 68% from the field in February.

105 Total field goals made by Luc in 2009-10.

270 Total points scored by No. 12 in 2009-10.

1,127 Minutes played by Luc Richard this year.

 

Luc Hot, but Bucks Fall

One more point, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute would have collected his second straight double-double. Instead, No. 12 and the Milwaukee Bucks would come up a little short.

The Bucks fought hard and were able to overcome a 20-9 first-quarter deficit, but couldn’t equal the shooting efforts of the Detroit Pistons in the final quarter. With big help from Ben Gordon, Detroit shot 65 percent from the field in the fourth en-route to their 93-81 win.

Luc Richard had the type of performance that Bucks’ fans are getting used to on Tuesday night.


Luc scoring two of his nine points against Detroit (Getty Images).

No. 12 dropped nine points while grabbing 11 boards. Though the Bucks lost the game, they received very efficient play from Luc.

During the 38 minutes that Luc Richard was on the court, the power forward received a Plus 2 rating. The (+/-) column on the stat sheet denotes the team’s net points during the time any given player is on the floor. No. 12 received the +2 because while he was on the court, the Bucks outscored the Pistons 72-70.

HOT STREAK CONTINUES
Luc continues to show how valuable he is night after night.

Alex Boeder of BrewHoop.com took notice of No. 12’s performance:

“Luc Mbah a Moute. A more typical Prince points sum of nine following his offensive outburst against Indiana, but 4-8 from the field will do. That is what the team wants, needs—that modest offensive output—and he delivered. Not a standout defensive performance like we’ve seen, but he was active, gathering 11 rebounds, six on the offensive glass.”

Luc Richard joined Charlie Bell as the only other Bucks’ player that shot at least 50% from the field. In comparison, the Pistons had three starters and two reserve players that shot at least 50%.

Mlive.com described the Bucks’ rough start, while complimenting Luc and his teammate Bell:

“The Bucks shot just 16 percent in the first quarter, 37 percent for the game and just two players—Charlie Bell (5-of-8) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (4-of-8) had anything resembling decent shooting nights for the Bucks.”

NEXT UP
The Bulls, Bobcats and Heat all won last night to increase their lead on the 6th, 7th, and 8the spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race by one game each. Wednesday night the Bucks travel to New Jersey where they take on the Nets for the third of a four game season series. The Bucks have blown out the Nets twice this season by a combined differential of 36.

This game becomes a must-win heading into the week long All-Star Break. Tip-off is at 6:30 CST and can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

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Recap: Pistons 93, Bucks 81 (BrewHoop, Feb. 9, 2010)
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Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Box Score (ESPN, Feb. 9, 2010)
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Bucks- Nets Preview (CBS Sports, Feb. 10, 2010)
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Luc Turns It Up a Notch

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute wasn’t satisfied with his 16-point performance in the Bucks’ 114-107 win over the Knicks on Friday night.

So No. 12 came back out Saturday night against the Pacers and bested his season-high and recorded his first double-double of the season with 18 points along with 11 rebounds in the team’s 93-81 win.


Luc has turned out two stellar performances at the offensive end of the floor (Getty Images).

Luc Richard’s 18 points were second on the team but his 11 rebounds tied the Pacers’ Troy Murphy for a game high.

Luc’s play made it hard for Head Coach Scott Skiles to take him out, as evidenced by his 43 minutes of play. Luc’s playing time was only matched by Indiana star Danny Granger who had his hands full with No. 12 as Skiles told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“He hustles so much, the game just comes to him,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said of the 6-foot-8 Mbah a Moute, now playing a starting power forward role. “He was on the offensive glass and found some things around the basket, and he knocked down a couple jumpers.”

GETTIN’ IT DONE ON BOTH ENDS
If Luc Richard had just scored 18 points, it would have been enough, but No. 12 got it done on defense. Luc had the tough task of guarding Danny Granger (22.3 PPG) and came through with flying colors.

“They have a lot of movement within their offense, and all of a sudden the ball finds Granger,” Skiles said. “You’ve got to be able to deal with a bunch of screens; you’ve got to be able to play him one-on-one.”

Skiles believes Luc followed the game plan well and executed the perfect defense on Granger.

“He did a nice job of trying to sit on his right hand and obviously was very conscious of not giving up threes. Luc was out and had his heels above the three-point line, and overall it was a big-time defensive game for Luc.”

Luc’s D garnered big ups not only from his coach but from both Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Alex Boeder at BrewHoop.com. Said Gardner:

“Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while playing 43 minutes. But that was only half of his outstanding performance, as he also limited Pacers leading scorer Danny Granger to 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting.

Boeder took it a step further:

“Offensive dynamo (standard introduction, henceforth) Luc Richard Mbah a Moute popped in a season-high 18 points on 7-9 from the field and 4-4 from the line, along with 11 rebounds.

An offensive night for the ages, and a defensive night as usual. Danny Granger (14 points on 5-14 shooting, -19 differential) carries a heavy offensive burden on a bad team, and that’s frustrating enough. Even more frustrating is having The Principal pawing at your dribble, screening your vision of the hoop, denying your basketball stardom each and every trip down the floor.”

NIX THE KNICKS
Luc Richard didn’t get as much attention from his 16-point performance in Friday’s win in New York much in part to Ersan Ilyasova’s 25 points off the bench and the migraine that took center Andrew Bogut out of the game less than seven minutes in.

However, No. 12 played a huge role in the win, dropping in 6-of-7 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws. On top of his terrific shooting performance, Luc grabbed six boards, and registered two steals and two blocks.

NEXT UP
With just two games left before the All-Star game, the Bucks will get a chance for a break and a possible playoff spot. Milwaukee sits as the No. 9 team in the East, but just one game back from the No. 6 spot.

Luc Richard and the Bucks return home Tuesday night to take on the struggling Pistons. Tip-off is at 7:00 CST and you can catch all the action on FSN Wisconsin.

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Saturday game report: Pacers at Bucks (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 7, 2010)
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Recap: Bucks 93, Pacers 81 (Brew Hoop, Feb. 7, 2010)
http://www.brewhoop.com/2010/2/7/1298995/recap-bucks-93-pacers-81
Whole Package (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 6, 2010)
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No. 12, Bucks Down Heat Again

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute helped the Milwaukee Bucks handle the Heat for the second straight game Monday night.

After Dwayne Wade scored the game’s first 11 points the Bucks ended the first quarter on a 21-6 streak and never looked back, running away to a 97-81 win.

Luc Richard played 18 minutes, scoring four points and playing a part in holding D-Wade to just 12 points after his one-man streak to start the game.

Pete Pelegrin of the Miami Herald wrote:

The Bucks did manage to cool Wade off after the Heat guard’s first 11 points. He did not score again until there was 3:19 left in the second quarter. Milwaukee alternated Bell and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute guarding Wade in the first half.

No. 12 also picked up a five boards, three on the offensive side of the ball, and one big assist on a go-ahead three-pointer to rookie Brandon Jennings in the first quarter.

MOST UNDERRATED DEFENDER?
Luc Richard’s name came up on the forums of nbadimensions.net this past month when fans started debating who the league’s most underrated and overrated defenders are. Senior member “Build Ford Tough” offered this explanation for No. 12:

“A name that should definitely be mentioned among underrated is Luc Richard Mbah A Moute of the bucks. He has been terrific defensively this season. He has everybody from Dwyane Wade to LeBron James to Carmelo Anthony to Kobe Bryant to Dirk Nowitzki to Chris Bosh this season and he has done a damn good job on every single one of them. The guy’s length, quickness and anticipation is second to none. If he was playing on a bigger market team I [guarantee] that people would be calling him one of the [game’s] best perimeter defenders.”

NEXT UP
Luc Richard and the Bucks look to avoid the season sweep against Dwight Howard and the Magic Tuesday night. Tip-off is 6:00 CST and can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

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Sliding Miami Heat falls to Bucks for second time (Miami Herald, Feb. 2, 2010)
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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat- Box Score (ESPN, Feb. 1, 2010) http://espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=300201014

 

Shining at the Four

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute grabbed two rebounds and the Bucks took the first of two straight games against Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat, 95-84, at home in Milwaukee.

Saturday’s win combined with Wednesday’s over the 76ers are the first back-to-back wins for the Bucks since they started 2010 with three straight.

SKILES LIKES LUC AT THE 4
Luc Richard had been playing mostly from the small forward position this year but Jan. 20 against Toronto he started at the power forward position to make room for Carlos Delfino. Said Head Coach Scott Skiles of his current rotation:

“We decided to get Mbah a Moute in the (power forward) spot, where he played his best last year. Take a look at that for a little bit and see how it worked. Obviously that means either Ersan or Hak don’t get as many minutes. It’s hard to play three guys at the same position.

Switching Luc between the three and the four can help with depth but it also creates a log jam as Skiles notes:

“We can also get Ersan in there and put Mbah a Moute back at (small forward). There’s some ways to get guys minutes, but it’s difficult to get all three of them significant minutes.

The primary reason for the shuffle is that Luc has been playing much better at the power forward position, something Skiles relates to his maneuverability with bigger players:

“We’re trying to get some better play out of Luc. For whatever reason, he rebounds it better when he’s at (power forward). I think maybe some of the bigger players lose track of him a little bit and he’s able to get in there and do some things that he’s not necessarily able to do at (small forward).”

DEFENSIVE DAP FROM DIME
Once again Luc Richard is drawing praise for his excellent defense. No. 12 has been called to guard some of the NBA’s best players including Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki.

Dime Magazine recently published its Midseason All-Defensive team and it was no surprise that Luc Richard was one of the 12 chosen players from the East squad.

EAST
G – Dwyane Wade
G – Andre Iguodala
F – Gerald Wallace
F – Josh Smith
C – Joakim Noah
Bench
G – Kirk Hinrich
G – Rajon Rondo
G – Stephen Jackson
F – Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
F – LeBron James
F/C – Kevin Garnett
C – Dwight Howard

LUC AT THE MOVIES
Avatar has been making waves throughout the movie world recently surpassing Titanic as the number one grossing movie of all time. Avatar has so far brought in an estimated $2,039,222,000 according to Boxofficemojo.com and somewhere in there is Bucks’ power forward Luc Richard.

The 23-year-old asked Twitter fans this week for advice on what movie to see. The response was overwhelming for Avatar and Luc Richard was very grateful. Said the Bucks’ starter on twitter:

“Avatar was definitely the best choice”

Following it up with:

“Especially IMAX 3D the graphics were ridiculous!!!”

NEXT UP
Luc Richard and the Bucks once again take on the Heat, this time in Miami. The Bucks held Dwayne Wade to just 6-20 shooting; including 0-6 from beyond the arch Saturday night. Watch them try to repeat their defensive performance at 6:30 CST. The game can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

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Dime’s Midseason All-Defensive Teams (Dimemag.com, Jan. 29, 2010)
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Giving things a spin (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 30, 2010)
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No. 12, Bucks Snap Skid

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute finished with eight boards and a game-high four steals Wednesday night, and the Bucks held on to take down the 76ers, 91-88, at home.

No. 12 continues to hear praise on his defensive prowess, and got plenty of it from Rob Mahoney at TheTwoManGame.com, a Dallas Mavericks blogsite:


Luc battles for a rebound during the victory over the 76ers (Getty Images).

“Dirk Nowitzki definitely didn’t “do,” as Luc Richard Mbah a Moute channeled him into help defense and the subsequent turnover.”

“Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is one of the best defenders in the league. Not just in defending Dirk, but overall. The only shame is that at this point, he’s a bit of an offensive liability. Mbah a Moute really just needs one offensive move — a steady mid-range jumper, the corner three, SOMETHING — to make him impossible to take off the floor. The fact that this guy made it all the way to the second round is a travesty.”

Mahoney also gave the “Gold Star of the Night” to Jason Terry, citing Dirk Nowitzki’s “grapple” with No. 12.

NEXT UP
The Bucks take on Dwayne Wade and the Heat at home on Saturday night. Tip-off is 7:30 CST and can be seen on FSN-Wisconsin.

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Dallas Mavericks 108, Milwaukee Bucks 107 (The Two Man Game, Jan. 27, 2010)
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Jennings lifts Bucks over 76ers, 91-88 (Yahoo! Sports, Jan. 27, 2010)
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Uneasy on the eyes (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 27, 2010)
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76ers 88, Bucks 91- Box Score (ESPN, Jan. 27, 2010)
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A Chance at Victory

On Tuesday night, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute gave the Milwaukee Bucks the only thing they could have asked for: a final chance to overcome a late seven-point deficit to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Bucks fought back from 85-77 with 11:52 left in the fourth quarter and tied the game at 95 with just over six minutes left. But the Mavs fought back to go up seven with 2:06 left.


Luc defends against Dallas Dirk Nowitzki (Getty Images).

Carlos Delfino got the Bucks within four, and then cut it to one with a three-pointer well behind the arc. With just 27 seconds left in the game, No. 12 stepped up.

I NEED A HERO
The Bucks played tight defense, and it was Luc Richard that was given the task to guard Dirk Nowitzki, who got the ball in his hands for what Dallas hoped would be the game-sealing shot. With six seconds remaining, Luc stripped Dirk, stole the ball, and called a quick timeout, leaving the Bucks with just enough time to take a potentially game-winning shot.

Center Andrew Bogut finished with a career-high 32 points on 13-14 shooting, but Carlos Delfino had his number called with the game on the line. Said Head Coach Scott Skiles to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“We had a couple options depending on whether they switched or not,” said Skiles. “Carlos came to the top and was pretty much open. (Dallas center Erick) Dampier came out on him and I thought like he did the right thing and put it on the floor and try to go by him. He wasn’t able to get all the way by him, but that’s the right thought in that situation.”

The shot wouldn’t fall and the Bucks did, 108-107 to the Mavericks in Dallas.

The Bucks are giving it everything they have on the hardwood, but the losses are mounting. Luc Richard shared his feelings with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“We fought hard. We’ve been fighting hard the last couple games. Hopefully it will start to pay off pretty soon.”

NEXT UP
Wednesday night the Bucks go head-to-head against (AI) squared. Allen Iverson and Andre Iguodala and the 76ers are coming off a tough loss at home to Indiana and are looking for a “W.” They’ll have to go through Luc Richard and the Bucks to get it. Tip-off is at 7:00 CST and can be seen on FSN-Wisconsin.

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Lapses lead to loss (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 26, 2010)
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One of Two

It was a weekend of one up, one down for Luc Richard and the Milwaukee Bucks, who routed the T-Wolves, 127-94, on Saturday after a tough 101-96 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

The Bucks led by as much as 15 in the first half, and 10 at the midway point, but it was a huge fourth quarter in which they outscored the Wolves by 15 that put the game away for the home team.

No. 12 registered three boards and a huge block on Minnesota’s Kevin Love.

Head coach Scott Skiles finally found the consistency that he was looking for Saturday night. As he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“We played a very unselfish game like we normally we do, and we were able to carry it through the whole game. We’ve had quarters and halves similar to this but, for whatever reason, not been able to carry it through, and tonight we did.”

FOUR’S THE CHARM
Carlos Delfino saw the starting lineup for the third game in a row on Saturday after coming off the bench since Dec. 28. Carlos started the team’s first 27 games before Skiles decided to restructure the starting five.

Delfino’s addition to the starting five moves Ersan Ilyasova to the bench for now, and keeps Luc Richard’s defensive abilities in the game. Some players will be coming off the bench, but it won’t be Luc Richard says Skiles. As he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“We’re starting Mbah a Moute at the 4 now. When you’re searching like we are to find consistency, sometimes a guy gets left out.”

NEXT UP
The Bucks get a big test this Tuesday when they take on the Mavericks in Dallas, who were No. 3 in the same ranking. Tip-off is 7:30 CST and can be seen on FSN- Wisconsin.

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Bucks vs. Timberwolves (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 23, 2010)
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Delfino leads charge (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 23, 2010)
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Too Much for Toronto

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute dropped eight crucial points and the Milwaukee Bucks took down the Raptors at home Wednesday night, 113-107.

No. 12 played 31 minutes in the first of two consecutive games against Toronto, contributing five rebounds and four assists while committing just one turnover.

It was a close game from start to finish in Milwaukee, the largest lead by either team just 11, by Toronto. The Raptors went up 52-41 with 3:13 left in the first half but a pair of three-pointers by Charlie Bell and Carlos Delfino cut Toronto’s half-time lead to seven.

The Bucks enjoyed being down at halftime and you would know it judging from their impressive second half shooting. Milwaukee shot 14-25 from the field, including 3-of-4 from distance, outscoring the Raptors 32-22.

After Andrew Bogut fouled out with 4:11 left in the game, it was time to step up. With Chris Bosh on fire all night (finishing with 44), immediate action was necessary. The Bucks proceeded to go on a 7-0 run that led them to victory. Said Bell:

“It was gut check time. When [Bogut] went out of the game, it was time for other guys to step up. We could’ve easily laid down and said, ‘Oh man, we lost because Andrew fouled out.”

TIP DRILL
Luc Richard and Ersan Ilyasova provided the late game heroics for the Bucks. Up one with 2:13 left in the game, No. 12 tipped in a missed Ilyasova lay-up to put the Bucks up three. Less than a minute later it was Ilyasova’s turn. Ersan dropped in a tip off of a Brandon Jennings miss and converted the three-point play when he was fouled.

Scott Skiles described Ersan’s tip in as one of the game’s best plays. As he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“We wanted (Andrea) Bargnani up defending the pick-and-roll. Brandon was breaking them down and getting into the paint a little bit. And we were able to at least get inside, and Ersan was left on the glass and put it in.”

NEXT UP
The Bucks get another look at the Raptors Friday night, this time in Toronto. The game won’t be aired on TV but can be heard on AM 620 for a 6:00 CST.

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Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks-Recap (ESPN, Jan. 20, 2010)
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Overcoming Bosh’s spark (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 20, 2010)
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Red Hot Shooting

Though the Milwaukee Bucks lost in overtime Monday to the Houston Rockets, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was on fire from the field.

In a season-high 44 minutes, Luc Richard shot 7-11 from the field, including a three-pointer, and finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and a block. His shooting percentage in recent games has people paying attention.

During the team’s six-game road trip, Luc Richard shot an incredible 19-31, good for just over 61%.

The loss was the last game of the six-game road trip for Milwaukee and they will happily return home on Wednesday to face the Toronto Raptors.

Monday’s loss was a tough one for the Bucks, who lost five of six on their road trip. After a big 34-point first quarter, the Bucks’ offense only connected for just 17 in the second and faced a seven-point halftime deficit.

Fast forward to the end of the fourth quarter and the game was as close as can be. With 1:04 left in the game and down by two points, Luis Scola, who had a season-high 27 points, was placed on the line to shoot two.

After making both, the game was all tied up at 91. With 18 seconds left, Rockets’ guard Aaron Brooks was called for an offensive foul on Andrew Bogut, leaving the Bucks with the last shot.

Rookie Brandon Jennings had a difficult shot after a high screen by Bogut and his three-point attempt fell short of the mark.

The Rockets scored seven straight to start overtime and took it in the end, 101-98.

NEXT UP
The Bucks return to Milwaukee to take on Chris Bosh and the Raptors. Tip-off is at 7:00 CST and can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets Box Score (ESPN, Jan. 18, 2010)
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Key shots fall short (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 18, 2010)
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Down Go the Warriors

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was a key factor Friday night, logging 13 points and nine rebounds as the Bucks rolled to a 113-104 victory at Golden State.

No. 12 continued to shoot at a high percentage, hitting 5-7 from the field, and adding three from the charity stripe.

Luc Richard’s stats were impressive across the board against the Warriors. The Cameroon native also registered an assist, a steal, two blocks and recorded zero turnovers. Luc also led all Bucks players in minutes played with 38.

Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel described Luc Richard’s block of Monta Ellis as the Play of the Game, and a definite turning point.

“Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute blocked Ellis on a drive to the basket with 3:15 left and the Bucks leading, 103-98. Ellis bypassed a corner three-pointer to make the drive, but Mbah a Moute stayed with him for the block.”

NO RESERVE-ATIONS
The Bucks were also involved in NBA history Friday night when for the Golden State Warriors ran out of reserve players.

After Stephen Curry fouled out with four seconds left in the game, the Warriors only had four eligible players left to finish the game, which by rule is not allowed.

Earlier in the game, the Warriors lost Anthony Morrow to injury and both Andris Biedrins and Chris Hunter to fouls. After Curry’s sixth foul, he was allowed to stay in the game after Rule No. 3, Section 1-Team had been invoked. It was the first time in NBA history that the rule was used. It states:

“If a player in the game receives his sixth personal foul and all substitutes have already been disqualified, said player shall remain in the game and shall be charged with a personal and team foul. A technical foul also shall be assessed against his team. All subsequent personal fouls, including offensive fouls, shall be treated similarly.”

Luke Ridnour made both free throws to complete the play.

HOW WILL THEY STACK UP?
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that the Bucks will sign veteran Jerry Stackhouse for the rest of the season.

The Bucks are hoping to get back some of the scoring lost when Michael Redd went down for the season.

Stackhouse is set to join the team Wednesday when they return from a six-game road trip.

NEXT UP
On Monday, The Bucks travel to Houston to take on the Rockets for a matinee. Tip-off is at 2:00 CST and can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

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Short-handed Warriors may have made history in defeat (Contra Costa Times, Jan. 15, 2010) http://www.contracostatimes.com/warriors/ci_14205224
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Friday game report: Bucks at Warriors (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 16, 2010) http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/81834427.html
 

Praise From Durant

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Bucks put up a valiant effort last night against the Trailblazers in their 120-108 loss.

But a 37-point second-half deficit — which was still 26 points in the fourth quarter — was too much to overcome. Luc finished with two points, two boards and an assist in 17 minutes.


Durant called Luc one of the NBA’s two best defenders (Getty Images).

NOTEWORTHY PRAISE
No. 12 earned a lot of credit last week after nearly shutting down the Thunder’s Kevin Durant.

With Luc guarding him in the second half and overtime, Durant had just 10 points, including four during the fourth quarter and overtime.

Praise has come from the Durantula himself.

On his Twitter account, a fan asked KD who the toughest player to play defense against him was.

One of them was an obvious choice by the name of Ron Artest. However, Durant also mentioned one other player:

RT @Thrilla24×7: @KevinDurant35 who is the Best Defender you’ve faced so far?(luc Richard mbah moute and Ron attest)

NOT REDD-Y YET
The Bucks are in a tough position after losing Michael Redd for the season.

Redd tore both his MCL and ACL during a drive through the lane against the Lakers on Sunday night. The injury comes a year after Redd tore both his MCL and ACL last year against the Kings and was also lost for the season.

Luc Richard was on the bench at the time of the injury and was able to get a better look, as he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“It happened right in front of me,” he said. “I just saw him go to the middle and kind of like shot-faked a little bit. He wanted to go up. I just saw him hold his knee and he looked at coach and said, ‘I’ve got to come out.’ So I knew it was really bad.

“He looked over and it was like, ‘I’m not good.’ Once he did that I knew it was really bad. But I didn’t know it was going to be a season-ending injury. A bad injury but not that bad.

“I feel really bad for the guy. I know how much work he put in to coming back this season after having that last year. And having the same injury again. It’s very tough.”

NEXT UP
On Friday the Bucks travel to the Golden State to take on Monta Ellis and the Warriors. Tip-off is at 9:30 CST and can be seen on FSN Milwaukee.

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Bucks 108, Trail Blazers 120: Box Score (ESPN, Jan. 13, 2010)
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Wednesday game report: Bucks at Trail Blazers (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 14, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/81410842.html
NBA: Michael Redd’s career in doubt  (The Oregonian, Jan. 13, 2010)
http://blog.oregonlive.com/nba/2010/01/nba_michael_redds_career_in_doubt…

 

Luc, Bucks Fall to Lakers

After taking care of the Chicago Bulls in Milwaukee on Friday night, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Milwaukee Bucks stumbled against the Lakers in LA, falling 95-77.

Luc Richard finished with eight points on Sunday night second among Bucks’ starters, with four rebounds.

No. 12 was cleaning glass on the offensive side of the ball, finishing with a team high three offensive rebounds.

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Luc Richard has found himself in the starting lineup for the last five games, while competing for the starting small forward spot with Carlos Delfino.

Though Luc Richard has not hit double figures in points in his five starts, the Bucks have gone 3-2, and are finding out that it’s his defensive capabilities that truly make him an asset on the floor, as noted by Charles F. Gardner of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“Luc Richard Mbah a Moute’s defensive ability could keep him in the Bucks’ starting lineup.”

If this is the case, Luc Richard proved he can bounce back well after only connecting for one point on Friday. No. 12 went 3-5 from the floor, an impressive 60% field goal percentage, and a perfect 2-2 from the charity stripe.

SKILES’ STARTERS
Bucks’ Head Coach Scott Skiles is currently using a performance-based system to determine who his starters will be.

In his second year as Bucks’ coach, Skiles is making sure that no one is going to be handed a starting position on this team. Said Skiles to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“We’ve got multiple guys that are all good players that can all bring something positive to the team in Carlos (Delfino), (Luc Richard) Mbah a Moute and Charlie Bell. Unfortunately for them, right now it has to be based on performance. If you get in the game and don’t perform, we’ve got to go to somebody else. Until somebody kind of jumps in front of somebody, that’s just what we’re going to have to do.”

NEXT UP
Luc Richard and the Bucks travel to Phoenix to take on Steve Nash and the Suns on Monday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. CST. This will be the Bucks’ first look at the Suns this season and an opportunity to bounce back from a tough loss to the Lakers. You can catch the game on FSN Wisconsin.

RELATED ARTICLES
Sunday game report: Bucks at Lakers (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 11, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/81114537.html
Good time to move forward (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 31, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/80452872.html

 

Undefeated in 2010

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Milwaukee Bucks had no trouble racking up another win on Tuesday night, downing the struggling New Jersey Nets, 98-76.

No. 12 played a mere 18 minutes in the victory, which saw Milwaukee jump out to an early lead and gradually grow it over the course of the contest.

Milwaukee maintained a perfect 2-0 record in the new decade.

PLAY OF THE GAME
For the second straight outing, Luc found himself highlighted in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel‘s « Play of the Game. » As reported by Charles F. Gardner:

Early in the third quarter, Bucks guard Brandon Jennings drove the baseline and found Luc Richard Mbah a Moute with a nice underhanded flip pass that Mbah a Moute took to the rim for a dunk and a 64-50 lead.

RELATED STORIES
Tuesday game report: Bucks at Nets (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Jan. 5, 2009)
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/80763882.html